All 41 theatres that make up New York’s performing heartland of Broadway will keep closed till subsequent yr.
They’ve been shut since March once they closed as a part of town’s lockdown in response to the COVID-19 disaster.
Now, in what might show to be a terminal blow for some theatres, to not point out the careers of many who work within the trade, the Broadway league has stated the curtain will not be raised on any productions for the remainder of 2020.
Thomas Schumacher, chairman of the board at The Broadway League, stated: “The alchemy of 1,000 strangers bonding right into a single viewers fuelling every performer on stage and behind the scenes can be attainable once more when Broadway theatres can safely host full homes.
“Each single member of our group is keen to get again to work sharing tales that encourage our viewers by the transformative energy of a shared reside expertise.
“The security of our forged, crew, orchestra and viewers is our highest precedence and we stay up for returning to our levels solely when it is protected to take action. One factor is for positive, once we return we can be stronger and extra wanted than ever.”
The expertise of Broadway mirrors the equally bleak prospects of London’s West Finish. Earlier this month theatre producer Cameron Waterproof coat stated most of the capital’s biggest shows would stay shut till subsequent yr.
And final week actor Simon Callow advised Sky Information the federal government’s highway map for reopening the performing arts sector “lacks urgency” given the theatre industry is on its “deathbed”.
Broadway is certainly one of New York’s high vacationer points of interest and based on The Broadway League contributed $14.7 billion (£11.9bn) to town’s financial system throughout the 2018-2019 season and supported 96,900 jobs.
Tickets bought for all performances till three January 2021 can be refunded or exchanged, the league stated.